Guinea pig pups - weight chart

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caruba
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Post   » Sat May 01, 2010 10:29 pm


Hello,

I know someone posted guinea pig pup weight charts before, but I searched for couple of minutes and only found a thread with a broken image.

When Butter gave birth to 4 pups on Easter Sunday, I started charting everyone's weights. They start out relatively light (compared to what I've read) but gain weight nicely. Thanks to the chart, I noticed that Caramel might benefit from some extra mom-time around day 3, so every once in a while I took the others away briefly so she could nurse in peace. The chart is for almost three weeks, and I hope it might be useful.

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I have now switched to weekly weighting. Here's the four of them together: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpLKEQkR2xQ

The two male pups have found a great home via shelter adoptions when they were three weeks old. I decided to adopt mom and the two females (Mocha and Caramel).

Here you can see Mocha being born.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaBpuKMeGbw

We were all very lucky that everything went well. Thankfully, no one will ever breed Butter again. She's been such a great mommy, but it's been very stressful on her.

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Perpetual Pig Slave

Post   » Sat May 01, 2010 10:45 pm


This is very interesting. I just adopted a 5 week old and was wondering what normal weight was.

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codyNpatches
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Post   » Sat May 01, 2010 10:53 pm


Very neat. I love the birth video! So sweet!

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Pikatot

Post   » Sun May 02, 2010 12:50 am


That graph is really useful! And so is the video. I'd never seen a birth before. Butter looks like such a good mom!

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Mon May 03, 2010 5:54 pm


Can we have Lynx add that graph to the Weigh Weekly page?

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon May 03, 2010 11:45 pm


The graph is great. I do have some other graphs there. No time right now but will try to later if it's okay with caruba and someone reminds me.

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caruba
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 12:34 am


If you think it would add to the stuff that's already there, please feel free to grab it :)

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Bytxlaura
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 12:53 am


I think the graph is great and it shows how important weighing is. Caramel thrived with separate mom time.

Great job, caruba!

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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 1:21 am


Oooo, fancy graph! I may have to try that out.

I am fostering a litter of 7 and had to give extra nursing time to 2 of the pups who weren't gaining well! It worked well and now they are all at good weights and will be 3 weeks old Tuesday. So the 3 boys will leave mama and she can cut back on milk production!

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Perpetual Pig Slave

Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 10:32 pm


Mine is 5 weeks old born 03/27/10 and 364 grams.

She was 345 when I got her 4 days ago, so I am pleased with her weight gain.

It is nice to have this info posted for reassurance. I haven't dealt with babies before. http://www.guinealynx.info/pup_weights.html

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caruba
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 11:13 pm


Thank you for your kind comments!

Ah, PPS, see... I knew I had seen those graphs before! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

I weighted the two girls today and they are now at 300 grams (at just over 4 weeks old). They are doing great! I was worried about their relatively low starting weights but they all did so well, thanks to a wonderful mom and KM's fantastic hay and pellets, no doubt! Thew love this stuff!

But yes, the daily weighing made me catch Caramel's potential weight loss early. She was the smallest and couldn't fight the others for a good spot at the "milk bar" very well, so the extra mom time definitely helped! You can see how it jumps up after day 3!

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Perpetual Pig Slave

Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 11:29 pm


http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=575084#575084

also this one.

Maybe an update needed on the pup weight section is needed. Daily weighing is always good.

I notice while Caramel was always the runt, she did have distint jumps in weight. Do those correspond at all to the extra Milk bar days?

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caruba
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Post   » Tue May 04, 2010 11:44 pm


Yup, Caramel was always the lightest. Only now is she approx. the same weight as Mocha, around 300g (don't have the boys anymore for comparison - they must be even heavier by now).

I don't remember if each jump exactly correlates with a milk bar day - I am pretty sure there were more milk bar days than weight jumps, but I am absolutely certain that it helped her development tremendously!

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Mapleowl18
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Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 9:17 am


I love the video where butter steals the lettuce back from her babies. Its like darn kids, milk is one thing but the lettuce is mine.

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pigjes
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Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 9:48 am


Rex piggies are bigger than average, so when they are born, they are a bit bigger and therefore need to weigh more than the average piggie. A baby Rex should weigh 80 grams (0.18 pound) at least at birth, otherwise they are considered dangerously underweight. 140 grams (0.3 pound) at birth for a Rex is very normal.

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rkog

Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 10:20 am


Are there any weight charts comparing the breeds? A few have stated the belief that Abby pigs may be smaller. Janus is hovering around 900 grams. I certainly hope he gets bigger, both weight and length-wise.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 10:33 am


PPP, you might notice I posted on that thread that I had linked to it from JHand's page of weights (I think I did anyway).

Have a little time now and will add caruba's info.

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caruba
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Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 11:16 am


Yay, I am being quoted! Thanks a lot! :)

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Perpetual Pig Slave

Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 8:13 pm


sorry lynx.. didn't mean to nag or anything.

I do see the link. This is all good. I like the data being on the site where it is easy to find. Keep up the good work.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed May 05, 2010 8:52 pm


No, it's good to bring it back up. Sometimes it is late at night and I am dead tired or can't do it for some other reason. Reminders are fine.

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